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Stone age medicine more advanced than thought

Posted on Tuesday, 26 January, 2010 | Comment icon 3 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A 7000-year-old skeleton of a man who had undergone an amputation has shed new light on stone age medicine.

The find was made at Buthiers-Boulancourt, 40 miles south of Paris. Examination of the skeleton revealed that a stone age surgeon would have used a sharpened flint stone to remove the man's arm in sterile conditions.

"Stone Age medicine was far more advanced than previously thought, scientists discovered, after unearthing the 7,000-year-old skeleton of a man with an amputated arm."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Paracelse on 8 February, 2010, 16:00
Knowing that a flint scalpel is more precise that the new stuff coming out now, I wonder if they were not better surgeons?
Comment icon #2 Posted by ShadowSot on 8 February, 2010, 16:15
Knowing that a flint scalpel is more precise that the new stuff coming out now, I wonder if they were not better surgeons? Don't see in the article where it says the stone blade was more precise.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Abramelin on 8 February, 2010, 19:03
Don't see in the article where it says the stone blade was more precise. I think Paracelse meant that flint is more sharp than surgical steel. And that's because it is.

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